Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
as has been suggested, let her know you are going on said trail and will be crossing creeks, up hills, etc. if she wants to stay at the barn she can, or maybe later in the week set up a shorter, easier ride for her to come along.
I hate riders that blame the horse. Being so nervous and uptight, especially when it involves pulling on the reins and harsh bits, can result in an awful wreck that is all the riders fault. We had one guy who's horse "didn't like" things or became "scared" of hills, water, footing, traffic, etc. no one else had a problem riding his horse, his horse was well behaved, just he had fears he wasn't willing to face. He finally stopped riding with us. While we were willing to slow down, we were not willing to stop riding where there were were hills, roads, water and mud.